- Series: Vintage Contemporaries
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 30, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 110191145X
- ISBN-13: 978-1101911457
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Hilarious. . . . A pleasure to read. . . . [Close] has a light, precise touch about the way a young marriage works when the partners are caught between old ideals and new realities.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“Inspired by Close’s own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition—one that that renders people outside of political circles virtually invisible.” —Meredith Turits, Elle
“I couldn’t put down this juicy novel, which is all about what striving to make it in politics does to relationships.” —Megan Angelo, Glamour
“Captivating. . . . Close, whose husband worked on Obama’s campaign, uses her knowledge of this world—and her experience as an outsider—expertly. Beth’s conversational narration feels like peering into the diary of someone who shares your deepest insecurities.” —Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly
“New York newlyweds head to D.C. to—what else?—chase their dreams. Actually, just Matt’s dreams. His wife, Beth, isn’t all that impressed by the surrounding political haughtiness until she meets another couple, Jimmy and Ash. The Hopefuls will make you rethink inviting your best married friends over for dinner.” —Marie Claire
“A much lighter, funnier version of House of Cards—imagine the jealousy and ambition of the Underwoods married with the humor of a sitcom like New Girl with its focus on friendships and playing at adulthood.” —Lauren Stacks, Chicago Review of Books
About the Author
JENNIFER CLOSE is the bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in fiction writing from The New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years. She now lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches creative writing at George Washington University.
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During my reading I came to Amazon to read reviews in all five star categories, and found that I found things I agreed with at each gradient. Yeah, it's essentially true that this book has no real plot. Really, it doesn't. It's a slice of life novel about a few years in the lives of a few couples. At one point I asked myself, "Why am I reading this thing? It has no plot!" And yet I still could not put it down! And then it occurred to me: this is meta voyeurism of the first rate, and I love it! The author herself weaves a lot about reality TV and schlock celeb websites into the narrative and in the end, the reader really is gazing ravenously at the lives of the Dillons and the Kellys. Why I loved that so much, I can't exactly say. I loathe reality programming and I detest celeb gossip. But it's more than that: these people, with all their faults and neuroses, are average people. Maybe that's why I loved (and hated) them.
As to Close's prose, it's top notch. She's just an excellent writer and her characterizations are mundane but realistic. Not every book can be about a Howard Roark or an Agatha Christie. Ayn Rand's Roark is a great character, but I don't identify with him. I don't see myself and my friends in him; I see them in the characters in this novel, for better or worse.
"Here’s what I still hate about DC: the way that nothing is permanent, the feeling that everything and everyone you know, could (and does) wash away every four or eight years. All of these important people, so ingrained in the city—you can’t imagine that this place could exist without them. But one day they’re gone and everything keeps moving just the same. Who can get their footing in a place like this? It feels like quicksand to me."
My only complaint was that the ending wrapped things up a little too nicely, yet didn’t. The question of where the characters end up was answered, but some large issues that figured prominently in the storyline and certainly should have impacted the outcome of the book were left unexplored. Despite the unsatisfying ending, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride (which, as I discussed here, is generally more important to me anyway) and highly recommend The Hopefuls as a light, relatable summer read.
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This book had a lot that I could identify with: I interned in DC around the time the book begins, and I found the book to reasonably capture the environment of young strivers working to make it there (it also reinforced my distaste for endless networking, which is a big reason why i don't work there today). It also contains a reasonably accurate portrayal of the ups and downs of a relatively young marriage, and the impacts of uncertainty about careers and family and how that affects such a marriage.
On the downside, some of the characters were a little one-dimensional, and the treatments of locations (DC, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin) all seemed a little stereotypical. This book instead depends on plot, and in the ways that situations impact people.
And that sort of sums up the plot. The main character really lacks initiative. She follows her man wherever he goes and is always waiting for things to change.